Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Editorial: Stand Firm



by
Dr. Lee Outlaw
Nobody ever likes to hear another person arm chair quarterback; especially if they've never played the game or the quarterback hasn't even gone into the game.
There's far too much of that in football and lately in politics as well. Every political pundit out there is giving their two cents worth as to what President Elect Trump should do in his first hundred days.
Even though he has announced his plan, the political arm chair quarterbacks are hard at work trying to tell him what he should or shouldn't do and he hasn't even gone in the game and gotten behind the center.
One thing for certain, this soon to be President has had an impressive warm up, great passes, getting all the receivers right on target and most impressive is how he stands in the pocket protected without being sacked. Hats off to the new President for choosing such an impressive front line.
It's also been impressive to see this new president scramble. Each of his cabinet choices marched right in front of the press almost daily since the election with every media reporter hoping to force a sack or fumble but try as they might they haven't been able to catch him and he isn't even in the game yet.
This new president will do just fine, he will make many touch downs and win a majority of the games with the potential of going all the way and winning the Presidential Super Bowl being called one of the great presidents of all times.
He might not have a perfect Don Shula, Miami Dolphin 1972 season but he will win and win big. Like Coach Don Shula, President Elect Trump has the "Winning Edge" and he knows "The Art of the Deal".
As such, this arm chair quarter back can only say, Stand Firm and keep on doing what you're already doing.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Examiner Shuts Down

The Examiner.com shut down on July 10, 2016

by
 
Dr. Lee Outlaw
 
After Five years and becoming one of the fastest growing on-line news papers in America, it appears that the Examiner's relationship with the AXS Network ultimately led to it's demise.
Towards the end there were several attempts by AXS to weed out many of the writers by way of forcing Political Correctness, restricted words and phrases and even inducing required use of new grammar and additional editorial processes so restrictive it was impossible for many of us to write.
It even became impossible for us to communicate with our editors and editorial staff.
Fortunately I was invited back without restriction but was only able to write five new articles before AXS forced the shut down. July 10th was a sad day those of us who wrote for the Examiner. For most of us the old Examiner was a pleasure to write for and an interesting media platform to display our craft. The Examiner.com will be sorely missed. Below is the official announcement we received:

As a result of the Examiner shutting down. The Outlaw Observer and Opinion will begin operation once again on August 15, 2016. We will begin with a monthly full on-line issue with subsequent update news and articles as warranted.

As many of you know the Outlaw Observer and Opinion was put on "hiatus" following the AXS decision to remove many of its' rigid political correct and editorial policies which saw many talented writers go by the wayside simply because they could not meet the new AXS/Examiner standards.

I invite any former Examiner writers who desire a voice to join me in this renewed venture.

For further information, contact:
Dr. Lee Outlaw, Editor-in-chief

The Examiner Shuts Down

Updated 9/25/2016

The Examiner.com shut down on July 10, 2016

by
 
Dr. Lee Outlaw
 
As a follow up to questions many continue to ask as to why I am no longer posting articles from the Examiner.com and why links posted in social media to my five years worth of articles go to the AXS network, here is an update to my previously posted July 11, 2016 article.

After Five years and becoming one of the fastest growing on-line news papers in America, it appears  the Examiner's relationship with the AXS Network ultimately led to it's demise.

Towards the end the online media's life, there were several attempts by AXS to weed out many of the writers by way of forcing Political Correctness, restricted words and phrases and even inducing required use of new grammar and additional editorial processes so restrictive it was impossible for many of us to write. It even became impossible for us to communicate with our editors and editorial staff.

After months of frustration with the new format, many writers like my self just simply started refusing assignments and/or submitting stories for publication due to the new restrictions. Fortunately just months prior to the Examiner's shutdown,I was invited back without restriction but was only able to write five new articles before AXS forced the shut down. July 10th was a sad day those of us who wrote for the Examiner.

It should be noted that many of us as former Examiners were and are invited to write and submit stories for AXS (which is why our previous Examiner articles all link back to AXS.com); any submissions however, are restricted to entertainment and sports and the thought by many is that the media in general is already overrun with sports and entertainment writers.

For most of us, the old Examiner was a pleasure to write for and an interesting media platform to display our craft. The Examiner.com will be sorely missed. Below is the official announcement we received:

As a result of the Examiner shutting down. The Outlaw Observer and Opinion renewed  a limited operation once again on August 15, 2016. We will continue forward in a monthly format with a full on-line issue and  subsequent update of news and articles as warranted.

As many of you know the Outlaw Observer and Opinion was put on "hiatus" following the AXS/Examiner decision to remove many of its' rigid political correct and editorial policies which saw many talented writers go by the wayside simply because they could not meet the new AXS/Examiner standards.

It is my hope and intent that the Outlaw Observer and Opinion might eventually fill the void left by the Examiner for both writers and readers.

I invite any former Examiner writers who desire a voice to join me in this renewed venture.

For further information, contact:
Dr. Lee Outlaw, Editor-in-chief